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Energy & Climate Change

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The energy sector is now faced with changes of unprecedented speed and requirement, some of which are disruptive and some beneficial. Climate change and competitiveness, competition and state aid, rising retail prices and falling wholesale prices, huge investment needs and lack of long-term economic signals, European interconnections and diverging national policies, industrial sluggishness and disruption brought about by new technologies, the simultaneous development of self-consumption and elimination of consumption ... A profound change is underway, which is now referred to as an "energy transition." As a public or private player in the sector, you are necessarily faced with energy issues that may be of strategic importance, but which still require extensive industry knowledge and an understanding of the requirements. From a legal perspective, there are overlapping issues of public law, regulations, competition law, tax law, property law, company law, business law and employment law, at national and international level.

Our approach is based on a demonstrated understanding of the industry and on our multi-disciplinary team of fifteen specialists working closely with lawyers in Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We can therefore provide support with all issues: advice and assistance on the implementation of the law and regulations; contribution to feasibility studies and assistance with projects of all sizes (mergers, acquisitions, classic or innovative partnerships, construction of hydraulic, thermal and renewable production facilities); advice and assistance on national or EU mergers, antitrust and state aid; support in negotiations between concessionary authorities and distributors and between regulated operators and businesses using infrastructure open to third parties; legal assistance with start-ups and innovative initiatives relating to the development of standards, technological changes and environmental issues; assistance with proposed changes to legal form in the public sector and implementation of privatisation laws; optimisation of tax and social security schemes; litigation and dispute resolution; etc.
The technical excellence of our lawyers enables us to provide dynamic, long-term solutions, alongside other professionals where necessary.

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29 July 2020
CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its Lon­don centre of ex­cel­lence, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.CMS teams now work in every corner of the sec­tor across the globe to help it meet the de­mands of cli­mate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in de­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies, so­cial con­cerns and polit­ic­al agen­das.Be­low you will find some of our ex­per­i­ence across the globe. Please get in touch with our ex­perts in your jur­is­dic­tion.Please also see our Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition pub­lic­a­tion.
12 October 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping: what loss does de­mur­rage li­quid­ate?
In K Line Pte Ltd v. Pri­minds Ship­ping (HK) Co Ltd (Etern­al Bliss) [2020] EWHC 2373 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court has taken the op­por­tun­ity to re­solve a “long-stand­ing un­cer­tainty on a point of law” in...
29 July 2020
Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of ex­cel­lence such as Lon­don and Ab­er­deen, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.Our early work in design­ing and im­ple­ment­ing mod­ern en­ergy mar­kets and sub­sequently guid­ing the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bon­isa­tion means CMS is not only a trans­ac­tion­al or pro­ject ad­viser to the sec­tor, but uniquely placed to help shape its present and fu­ture. We can help by giv­ing you our ad­vice and com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge on the top­ics lis­ted be­low.Please also see our CMS En­ergy Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence pub­lic­a­tion.
08 October 2020
Ger­many tries again to rat­i­fy Uni­fied Pat­ent Court-Agree­ment
A bill for ap­prov­al of the Agree­ment on the Uni­fied Pat­ent Court (UPCA), le­gis­la­tion that would al­low Ger­many to rat­i­fy this con­ven­tion and to par­ti­cip­ate in this in­ter­na­tion­al pat­ent court sys­tem, was...
28/07/2020
Leg­al 500 Par­is 2020: our law firm’s rank­ings
Our law firm is ranked in 20 cat­egor­ies by Leg­al 500 Par­is 2020. Tax, Em­ploy­ment, etc. Dis­cov­er all our law firm’s rank­ings!
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
26/06/2020
Best Law­yers 2021
This year, our law­yers re­ceived 133 re­com­mend­a­tions; 3 law­yers are re­cog­nised as "Law­yer of the year" in Ad­min­is­trat­ive Law and in La­bour and Em­ploy­ment Law.
07 August 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Com­mer­cial Court Ex­am­ines Leg­al Ef­fect of “Sub­ject...
In the con­text of a crude oil voy­age charter, the Com­mer­cial Court has provided guid­ance on the leg­al ef­fect of “sub­ject to” pro­vi­sions in con­tracts.  In do­ing so, the Com­mer­cial Court noted that, gene...
26/04/2019
Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020
Our law firms are rank­ing in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020. Tax law, cap­it­al mar­kets, em­ploy­ment,... See all our 2020 rank­ings!
13 July 2020
De­vel­op­ing a European Hy­dro­gen Eco­nomy – a Roadmap
On the 8th Ju­ly 2020 the European Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished their much awaited Hy­dro­gen Strategy for a Cli­mate-Neut­ral Europe (the “Strategy”). Fol­low­ing on the heels of a num­ber...
06/04/2020
Cov­id-19 and guar­an­tee of the cor­rect func­tion­ing of the elec­tri­city and...
Our law firm ex­plains the con­tinu­ity plans of com­pan­ies charged with a pub­lic ser­vice mis­sion.
02 July 2020
ICAO agrees to ad­just COR­SIA baseline for CO2 emis­sions for avi­ation in...
On 30 June 2020, the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tion­al Civil Avi­ation Or­gan­iz­a­tion (ICAO) ad­op­ted a de­cision ad­just­ing the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der...